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Old 10-28-2008, 12:02 PM   #1
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Clicking noise sounds like the rear end

Went out wheelin this weekend up wheeler pass, everything was sweet!!! Until, coming down I heard and felt a snapping/clicking noise which seems to be coming from the rear end, took it out of four wheel drive and the noise is still there. looked underneath and everything seems normal; drive shafts were hot as hell, front moves slightly when turned; back is solid. Drove to work yesterday and today, clicking noise seems to rear its ugly head when i slow down. I'm thinking U-Joints any ideas?

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Old 10-28-2008, 12:36 PM   #2
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ya, probably drive shaft u-joints. i had this happen to me a few weeks ago w/ my rear shaft. i had the same senario when i was driving/braking. When i went to move the drive shaft it shook pretty so i knew that was it. it only cost me $20 for new ujoints and a few mins of labor.

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Old 10-29-2008, 11:33 AM   #3
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Ok so I changed the U-Joints last night, and believe me the old ones did not want to come apart, but I managed. Anyways, the clicking/clunking sound is still there, now seems to be when I am braking, I was thinking a loose caliper or its the rear sway bar(which is soon to come out for good). Problem with the rear sway bar is that I have a new bracket that went in where it attaches to the axle, possibly a bad bushing? or where it attaches to the frame? not sure........any help?
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:56 PM   #4
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Does the clicking speed up the faster you go?
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Old 10-30-2008, 12:43 PM   #5
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No it doesnt speed up with my speed, it seems to do it when I brake hard, hit a bump while braking or turning left at slow speeds. Like this morning when I pulled into my parking spot it made the sound, it doesn't look like anything is loose or anything is hitting, I am baffled.....
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Possibly something with the rear brakes or the 3rd mem.

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Old 11-07-2008, 01:03 AM   #7
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i would say brakes ......not sure what but its in the brakes
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I had a low speed knock on a used Cherokee. Turned out to be the differential carrier was "egg" shaped where the axle fits. When the lube is cold it "cushions" the axle and I didn't hear it, once it warms up it knocks. Disappeared as soon as speed increased!

It was under warranty and the mechanics had never seen anything like it!

BTW I think it was Dana 44?

Try applying the E-brake lightly when you hear the noise.
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I just got a 97 TJ today, when accelerating hard off the start it shakes the whole rig. If you wait until 25 or 30 mph and hit it its fine and passing someone is fine also. It only vibrates off the start and only if you take off faster than normal pace. When it vibrates it doesn't want to move very quickly. I am thinking a stripped spider or planetary? I really don't know much about diffs but any help would be appreciated.
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Why would you want to remove the rear sway bar?
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Went out wheelin this weekend up wheeler pass, everything was sweet!!! Until, coming down I heard and felt a snapping/clicking noise which seems to be coming from the rear end, took it out of four wheel drive and the noise is still there. looked underneath and everything seems normal; drive shafts were hot as hell, front moves slightly when turned; back is solid. Drove to work yesterday and today, clicking noise seems to rear its ugly head when i slow down. I'm thinking U-Joints any ideas?
Holy crap my 2000 jeep sport is doing the same thing!!! I took it to a place that specializes in jeeps and they don't know what it is?! Please please please let me know what the problem is when you get it fixed!!! I would appreciate it a lot thanks man
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I had a low speed knock on a used Cherokee. Turned out to be the differential carrier was "egg" shaped where the axle fits. When the lube is cold it "cushions" the axle and I didn't hear it, once it warms up it knocks. Disappeared as soon as speed increased!

It was under warranty and the mechanics had never seen anything like it!

BTW I think it was Dana 44?

Try applying the E-brake lightly when you hear the noise.
So what was the problem? My 08 Rubicon started doing this after driving off road a couple of weeks ago and I cannot figure out what in the world the issue is. The rear locker wont engage in 4lo so I'm starting to think it has something to do with the rear locker not fully engaging or disengaging.

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